Want to get started with a pre workout but not sure which one is the right one for you? Want to know the basics about supplementing with pre workout? You're in the right place.
When should you take pre-workout?
Pre-workout should be taken 20-30 minutes before your workout for the full effect. Pre workout supplements can last a long time in your system, so it's wise to keep your pre to morning or lunchtime. Depending on your caffeine sensitivity and the rate which you metabolise the supplement, too much pre workout, or wrong timing of pre workout, can affect your sleep. lf you have your pre workout at night, you will most likely struggle to get to sleep or stay asleep (unless you're one of the few super tolerant people who can just pass out!).
How much pre workout should you take?
This is a tricky question because it depends on factors like your sensitivity to caffeine and whether you're just trying it out for the first time. If you've never had a pre workout before, we advise to use only a half scoop. This way, you'll be able to test your tolerance before you decide to take the full amount. Some people find they don't need more than a half scoop, whereas others may find that the recommended dose is too low.
Follow the instructions on the label and always err on the side of caution! If in doubt, your local store has expert staff on hand to help guide you. Over time, you will become tolerant of the pre workout, so you may see a stronger effect in the beginning.
Why does pre workout make you itchy?
This is due to the presence of Beta-Alaninie - some search for it, others completely avoid it! If you don't want Beta-Alanine, there are plenty of options that don't contain this.
Beta-Alanine works by being a precursor to carnosine synthesis, assisting to increase the levels of carnosine in your muscle. This results in workout performance improvements, which is why this ingredient is so popular in today's pre workout formulations. The tingles/itch that you may experience are a side-effect and typically occur in the face and upper body, usually lasting for around 30 minutes. It is a form of paresthesia, and is not dangerous to you (though it may be unsettling for some). If you'd like to minimise the effect, consider either splitting up your dosage or having smaller amounts.
Which pre workout is best for beginners?
If you're looking for a simple pre workout that contains all the basics and isn't too high in stimulants, then a great option is Optimum Nutrition's Gold Standard Pre-Workout.
It contains 175mg of caffeine from natural sources and is a great all-rounder with strict testing on substance banned ingredients.
Which pre workout is best for a muscle pump?
What pre workout has high caffeine/stimulant contnet?
Anabolix Load3D contains 300mg caffeine as well as other stimulants to help boost the overall effect - with many loyal customers, this pre is perfect for you if you have a high caffeine tolerance level, or you really want that extra kick.
Please note - there are plenty of options for you to choose from - simply head to PRE WORKOUTS to check out the full range - filter using the options on the left, and if you get stuck, use the chat box option or simply give us a call, DM us or visit your local store!